Seriously. It happens every year. Every. Single. Gosh darn. Year. And at the same time of year, too. But yet when it happens, when you get that email from HR announcing the company’s ugly sweater contest or an Evite from your BFF to her ugly sweater party, you’re caught off guard. You’re like, “Great. Now I have to go shopping for an ugly sweater.” However, it doesn’t have to be so daunting, not if you go thrift shopping at Savers.
While I loathe ugly fashion, I do take teamwork and social interaction seriously. For me to not participate in the company-wide ugly sweater contest, even though it’s not mandatory to do so, would just be so not like me. I have to participate. And, let’s face it, I really, really want to win, too!
Savers saved me from my conundrum by sponsoring my recent ugly sweater contest shopping excursion, because naturally, I don’t own any ugly sweaters. Upon my visit, I didn’t have to sort through racks and racks or stacks and stacks of sweaters and sweatshirts. Within steps of walking in, I found a rack of holiday sweaters that Savers had already grouped together for easy shopping. That was super helpful. However, they were cute, like, too cute to earn ugliest sweater status. I mean, a crafty and patient person could definitely work off the potential they had to offer, but I desired an already-ugly sweater. So, I headed over to the racks of general sweaters, believing that among them, I would discover my ugly one. Oh, boy, did I.
Now, if you’re a lazy one, rest assured that you will find ready-made ugly sweaters at Savers. Look at these two cuties I stumbled upon.
Their original creators put some humorous effort into them, and while the idea of having something that I can take home with me directly off-the-rack was tempting, I did like the idea of making my own. So I scoured for something with good, ugly bones that left me with the opportunity to add my own creative touches. Check out these beauts. They’ve got great bones, but they could definitely stand to be made uglier.
And it was in this latter group that I found my treasure. With embroidered snowmen and snowflakes adorning the front, there was plenty of empty space that allowed for additional decoration. If you’re like me and you want to incorporate your own sense of humor in the design of your ugly sweater, I recommend shopping Savers’ accessories and home decor sections. That’s where I found my ugly sweater add-ons.
Now, here’s an ugly sweater shopping bonus tip: plot your design while shopping. That way you already have an idea as to what you plan to do before you get home. And when you do get home, lay out the sweater and place your add-ons before sewing or gluing them on. Play around with placement and let your imagination run wild. Remember, the zanier the better. Here’s what mine looked like once I settled on a look. I ended up adding an extra bow per sleeve during completion, but at least I had plotted out a design in advance to guide me.
After I established the layout, all I needed to do was attach my little accessories, which you could do by sewing, gluing, pinning on with safety pins, or whatever works for you. An ugly sweater contest is not “Project Runway.” You should definitely make it work, but don’t worry about mastering the art of fancy-work stitching.
Voila! Here’s the end product on me. Do you think I stand a chance at winning the ugly sweater contest? My friends say it’s still pretty darn cute, and maybe not ugly enough. But, I don’t do ugly-ugly. I’m only capable of cute-ugly. Plus, my ugly sweater zips in the center, so I can wear it as a jacket, too! The whole thing only cost $16. Based on my trip to Savers, ugly sweaters seem to range from $5-$9. My sweater add-ons ranged from $3-$5.
If you need inspiration for putting together your ugly sweater, Savers has a Pinterest board for Tacky Holiday Sweaters. To find a Savers near you, go to Savers.com and use the site’s location search tool in the upper right corner of the Home page.